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This claim appears to have been distorted from an original about hidden compasses, not microfilm. The compass version has been confirmed by the British Military intelligence officer responsible, Christopher "Clutty" Hutton. According to Secret Britain: The Hidden Bits of Our History (2009): When the Germans cottoned onto this, Clutty simply reversed the ...


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tl;dr: The claim is based on a misrepresentation or misinterpretation of testimony by a co-founder of Fusion GPS. There is no evidence that there ever was an embedded FBI informant in the Trump campaign. Trump's source is this Fox News segment in which Andew McCarthy makes the claim. This Fox News article goes into more depth about what exactly is claimed: ...


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I also read almost exactly this as a child, circa 50 years ago, in Of Spies and Stratagems (1963) by Stanley P Lovell, who was the head of the US's Office of Strategic Services R&D division: CAMOUFLAGE As the number of secret agents sent into enemy lands by the O.S.S. increased, the invention and production of camouflaged items became an ...


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While there's no proof, this seems like an incorrect assertion. Based on the wording, this most likely seems like either a typo (or simply a rather grammatically-challenged typist); or simply two independent targets to give certificate to (probably, the vendor and the asking unit). The latter appears to have evidence backing it up by a series of similar ...


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Update: The New York Times published an article on this so detailed that it seems to supplant all previous information about this informant, at least pending further information: F.B.I. Used Informant to Investigate Russia Ties to Campaign, Not to Spy, as Trump Claims. The article tells us (with an unusual amount of detail for identifying a source intended ...


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It depends upon your definition of "off", "track", and "phone". Some phones will keep the baseband chip powered when the device has been shut down. In some cases, security agencies have "updated" the baseband sofware on a large number of phones in order to make them trackable when shut down. It's certainly possible to install OTA updates with almost ...


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It's hard to prove a negative, but in 2012 Reuters reported that a US classified investigation was leaked, and it said no evidence was found: The classified inquiry was a thorough review of how Huawei worked, involving nearly 1,000 telecom equipment buyers. One of the government employees involved with the inquiry told Reuters: "We knew certain parts ...


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First, I have to agree that Wikipedia's source Windor Public Library isn't that convincing. The only thing that Windor Public Library provided was this database entry: The best evidence which could be provided here is a Death Certificate, but it seems you won't find that easily online. Many users have been skeptical about his death and they have expressed ...


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Snopes said no: But the Slate article (presented as a question in its title) simply strung together circumstantial details to suggest Trump had a server connection to Russia. A concurrent and a subsequent look at its conclusions (the latter by a cybersecurity expert who was not anonymous) asserted that the claims were unsubstantiated and likely amounted ...


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That appears to be true. Per historian Mark Stout, who served in the Directorate of Intelligence in CIA, and hosted on cia.gov: Grombach knew his situation was untenable, and he did not enjoy working for Dulles. So he turned to a like-minded individual on Capitol Hill, Senator Joseph McCarthy. Though Grombach's appointment books show that he had regular ...


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They are presumably referring to the National Intelligence Law of 2017 that China passed. That law requires companies to assist the Chinese security services with surveillance and espionage. It's similar to laws in other countries such as the United States (National Security Letters via the Stored Communications Act) and United Kingdom (Regulation of ...


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A mobile phone that contains a battery is never fully turned off, otherwise the power button would not work. Having developed cell phones, I can think of two ways to locate an "off" cell phone: Unlikely - passively - any circuit modifies the magnetic fields in which it resides and that effect can be measurable (albeit in a short range, making the technique ...


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It is now known that a former British intelligence officer going by the name of Christopher Steele was responsible for this report. Christopher Steele, Ex-British Intelligence Officer, Said to Have Prepared Dossier on Trump Christopher Steele, Ex-Spy Who Compiled Trump Dossier, Goes to Ground


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